Your New Jersey home is in a constant state of renewal as you repaint, replace appliances, or plant your garden each spring. This year make some changes that result in energy savings that are great for the environment and save you money. Here are eight ideas to get you started:
- Power up. Many appliances continue to draw power when turned off. This can be avoided by plugging into a power strip and turning it off when the items are not in use.
- Change your bulbs. Replace traditional bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescents or led lights, which use approximately two-thirds less energy.
- Get with the program. Achieve maximum energy savings with a programmable thermostat. Program the unit to reflect the times you are away or asleep to save an estimated 10 percent on your energy bills.
- Perform preventive maintenance. Schedule annual maintenance in the spring and fall to help keep your heating and cooling systems in top form. Your HVAC contractor will inspect, clean, and lubricate your equipment and make any necessary repairs.
- Schedule an energy audit. A professional audit can help you see where your energy dollars are going and give you tips on how to start saving.
- Be a star. As you replace small and large appliances, choose Energy Star-certified products, which have been proven to use less energy than their counterparts.
- Dress your windows. Choose window coverings that reflect the season and use the power of the sun to help heat or cool your home. In the winter months let the sunlight in to help heat your home, but in the summer, months use reflective material to bounce the heat back outdoors to keep your home cool.
- Heat your water wisely. Set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees for peak efficiency. Low-flow showerheads will reduce water usage, and if your water heater is more than five years old, a water heater blanket can help offset heat loss caused by a lack of insulation in the tank.
For more great tips on energy savings, call our experts at Pipe Works Services. We’ve been proudly serving residents of northern New Jersey since 1988.